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Vinous, October 2015 – 2013 Napa Valley:
Once Upon a Time in America

Arcudi’s first three vintages off Black Sears have all been terrific. With the 2016 vintage, Arcudi will be adding Cabernets from Pritchard Hill and Oakville to his range. These rich, powerful, racy Cabernets deliver considerable intensity and volume. The wines see about 50% new oak, and production is 250 cases

Arcudi 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard

Deep, inky and powerful, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard oozes with class and intensity. This is one of the more voluptuous, forward 2013 Cabernets readers will come across. The flavors are bold and intense, but all the elements are in the right place. In this vintage, winemaker Tony Arcudi pressed early to avoid overextracting. Full throttle and opulent to the core, the 2013 needs a few years in bottle to drop some baby fat. Chocolate, mocha, black cherries, new leather and smoke add the closing shades of complexity as this powerful Cabernet shows off its distinctive personality. 94 points –Antonio Galloni, tasted September 2015

Arcudi 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard is brighter and more linear than the 2013 tasted alongside it, much of that likely the result of the personality of the vintage and its relative age. Rose petal, mint and dark red cherries all make an appearance in this vivid, finely sculpted Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. 91-94 points –Antonio Galloni, tasted September 2015


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